Let’s talk about toys!
There is so many options out there, how do you know which ones to choose? One of the first things to look at might be materials. Do you have any known allergies? Some people have sensitivities to different materials so avoiding toys with that content would be wise. Let’s look at some of the material options that are available.
Glass is a great option as it is hypoallergenic, non-porous and cleans easily. It can be used with any lubricant or oil product. Take care while storing your glass toys, keeping away from things that may be abrasive, and making sure it does not get cracked or chipped. Glass may not be for everyone as it has no flexibility, but on the pro side it can be chilled or warmed for sensory exploration.
Silicone is also non-porous, hypoallergenic and cleans easily with soap and warm water. Toy cleaners are also safe to use on silicone toys. Subsequently you can also boil them or put in the top rack of your dishwasher. However, with silicone toys you will want to use a water-based lubricant rather than a silicone lube, which will stick to the silicone toy.
Jelly toys are also available, in a wide range of size and colors. These tend to be porous, and it may be a good idea to use condoms with them to maintain them. Warm water and soap are great for cleaning but be mindful how you store them. Do not let jelly toys touch one another and avoid oil-based lubricants. Jelly toys may be cost effective, but make sure you read the instruction on proper cleaning and maintenance.
Cyber Skin toys are another porous toy that is very popular. Condoms can also be used with them to maintain their good looks, and most of them are very realistic looking. Clean them with warm water and soap, rinse well and leave to air dry. Toy cleaners are also an option, as these can not be sterilized, it is important you are diligent in maintenance. You can dust them with cornstarch to keep them smooth and silky. Some of these toys will contain latex so read the label before you purchase if you have a latex allergy.
Plastic toys are also available in a wide range of varieties. While they are less porous than jelly or toys that contain latex, your toy may have seams that can trap bacteria. Check your toys regularly to ensure there are no cracks or rough edges. Make sure not to drop hard toys on hard surfaces. You can clean them with soap and warm water or your favorite toy cleaner.
Cool… there are a lot of options, but why do I need them anyway?
No one needs them. Toys offer a lot of variety with their colors, shapes, textures, and sizes. They can bring fun and adventure into your sex life. They can be additions to help last that extra few seconds or reach places that haven’t been explored yet. If you are new to this area, we are here to answer all those questions you may have and can help you find the right beginner toy for you. Maybe you’re a pro, we can show you new fun things that have just arrived.
Three big areas of play are vaginal, clitoral, and anal. There are unique toys that can help explore each category. Did you know that most of the nerve endings are in the first inch and a half of the vagina, but there are other sweet spots to be found. Curved toys help to stimulate the urethral sponge (G-Spot) which is in the front wall of the vagina, under the belly button. Some women enjoy having their cervix touched and thrusted against. Best way to find out is to try different positions, and toys! There is a plethora of toys built to stimulate the clitoris, and with the tip of this gland home to 6000-8000 nerve endings, well the sky is the limit. It doesn’t stop there though, the shaft of the clitoris extends back under the hood, splitting into two crura or legs. These legs run along beside the vaginal opening, and according to the Clitoral Truth, there are 18 different parts to the clitoris. There a so many options when it comes to toys that can enhance and stimulate the experience of this type of play. And let’s not forget about anal play. This can be a fun and enjoyable experience; however, it is not to be taken lightly. Lube, research, and patience is going to go along way while exploring this region. It is important to remember angle is important during penetration, or tissue damage could ensue. The tissues of the anus and rectum are very fragile, so lots of water-based lube and no sharp or rough edges. Always, always use toys that are anal friendly and have a base or ring that stays outside of your body for safe removal.
Finally, the most important part of any play is the lubrication. We can not say this often enough. LUBE, LUBE AND MORE LUBE. There are lots of different types to choose from. You can buy different ones for different play, for example Sassy Sliquid is a great option for anal play, with its thick consistency making sure it stays where it needs to be. The 3 main types of lubes like silicone, water or oil based. The decision on which one may depend on what you are using it for. Water-based lubricants are water soluble, which does not make them ideal for play time in the shower or bath. Oil based lubes are compatible with latex toys or condoms. And silicone-based lube can be used on all toys except for silicone. Another thing to consider is lubes that have glycerin in them may throw off your PH balance in the vagina. These are all things to be mindful of when selecting your lubricant. If you are not sure, ask us and we can help guide you to what might be the best option.
We are including a link of information about lubes we found to be informative and accurate, have a look and see what they say about the various types.
Silicone Marvelous Eggciter / fantasy for her
Hand Blown Glass massager / Sassy Sliquid 4.2 oz
King Cock 6'' RealDeal lifelike Skin / Millennium Silicone Lubricant 2.2 oz / FuckWater Clear Water-Based Lubricant 4.05 oz
Doc Johnson Crystal Jellies Classic Dong / Icicles hand blown glass massager